The Shops at Hilltop wants to hire RPD to assist with security

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Owners of the Shops at Hilltop hope to heighten security by having Richmond police officers help monitor the mall property.

On Tuesday, July 11, the Richmond City Council was set to review a proposed agreement between the Shops at Hilltop and RPD, but the matter was pulled from the agenda and may be addressed at a future meeting.

The proposal would provide dedicated police services at the mall at 2200 Hilltop Mall Rd. on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Under the agreement, one officer or sergeant per shift with a marked patrol car would be staffed at the mall in order to complement existing security staffing.

For this service, the mall’s owners, LGB Hilltop, LLC, will pay a projected $12,000 monthly to RPD, a sum that accounts for overtime rates for an officer or sergeant. The contract would run for a year with an option to extend services for an additional year, according to city documents.

To staff the mall, RPD plans to post overtime sign-up sheets that can be filled with either an officer or sergeant. The aim for the extra security is to “enhance the shopping experience” for mall visitors, according to RPD.

The proposed contract appears on the council agenda about two months after the Shops at Hilltop announced future “Asian-centric” renovation plans at the mall property that will include a new 99 Ranch Market.

“The City of Richmond PD’s officer will be a visible presence and deterrent, and monitor activity in the Shopping Center through a combination of vehicle and foot patrols inside the mall,” according to the proposed agreement. “The City of Richmond PD’s officer will split their time evenly between vehicle patrols and foot patrols. The City of Richmond PD’s officer will be responsible for all police reports at the Shopping Center during the hours of deployment. The City of Richmond PD’s officer will be responsive to the needs of the onsite security for any police related matters.”

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